bereshit

Alternative Spellings

bereishis, b'reyshis, b'reshit

Definitions

  • The Book of Genesis [lit. "in the beginning"]

Example Sentences

  • "My brother is learning Bereshit in his chumash class."
  • "During our last week of dress rehearsals, the director made us start the play over again from Bereishis every time we had a major flub."

Languages of Origin

Textual Hebrew

Etymology

בראשית

Who Uses This

Religious: Jews who are engaged in religious observance and have some Jewish education

Regions

North America

Dictionaries

The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001).
The Joys of Hebrew, by Lewis Glinert (New York, 1992).

Notes

Can also be used informally to mean "[from] the beginning" in general, not only in reading the Pentateuch.

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